PI Original Adam Doster Thursday December 17th, 2009, 5:42pm

Cook County Board Prez: Davis Backs Brown, Gutierrez Endorses Preckwinkle

Here's the latest from the Democratic primary for Cook County board president.

The U.S. House adjourned yesterday for the rest of the year, freeing up members to return to their districts and jump back into local politics. That's exactly what two Chicago Democrats did today.

This morning, Rep. Danny Davis endorsed Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown in the Democratic primary for Cook County board president. Davis, who dropped out of the race last month, said polling convinced him that Brown "was and is the peoples’ choice," referring to the Tribune survey released last week.  From a press release:

She is well-trained, MBA, Attorney, Certified Public Accountant, a proven manager, an independent and progressive thinker, not captive of any political organization, or moneyed influence groups, she supports organized labor and has a vision for Cook County.

In all of my public endeavors I try and be where I think a majority of the people are. My political group voted for Dorothy Brown, the People of Cook County have said four times that they want Dorothy Brown, they want Dorothy Brown, they want Dorothy Brown - -then I want Dorothy Brown.

Davis' colleague -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez -- is backing a different candidate in this fight. The state's highest-ranking Latino elected official formally endorsed Chicago Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th Ward) this afternoon. From a statement:

Toni Preckwinkle is the only progressive running, the only real reformer who can put an end to the status quo in Cook County. I have worked with her throughout the years and she is the right person to clean up the mess that is County Government."

Meanwhile, the Tribune editorial board interviewed the candidates Tuesday and wrote yesterday that the meeting added some "clarity on who would do what with the job." For promising to repeal the rest of Todd Stroger's sales tax hike immediately, the paper gives Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Terrance O'Brien the advantage on taxes. On health care, they praise Ald. Preckwinkle for pledging "to fully protect the independence of the panel that now runs the county's health care system." You can watch the full meeting here.

Also on the policy front, North Town News Magazine interviewed both Preckwinkle and Brown in the last week (H/T Capitol Fax). Watch them below:

CORRECTION: The headline of this item originally stated that Gutierrez had endorsed "Stroger." We apologize for the error.


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